In brief, here are five items of public interest that were discussed during the July 2020 City Council meetings. The full agenda for July 20, 2020 can be accessed here and the full agenda for July 27, 2020 can be accessed here.
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East Side Leisure Centre Update
Recently, the Saskatoon Public School Division (SPSD) and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division (GSCS) advised the City they were formalizing a 10 to 20-year plan for development of new schools. Two new high schools were identified as priorities for the east side of Saskatoon. The potential of including a new Leisure Centre, in a joint use high school facility was discussed with the school boards. Based on current demographics, growth rate and current enrollment, the Holmwood Sector was determined to be the next location for new high schools.
City Council has directed Administration to:
- Continue discussions with the Saskatoon Public School Division and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division related to the planning of an integrated Leisure Centre with the two new high schools being planned for the Holmwood Suburban Centre;
- Continue discussions with the Saskatoon YMCA related to the planning of an integrated Leisure Centre being planned for the Holmwood Sector and report back.
2025/26 is the earliest realistic opening year based on the timeline for a project of this scale to be designed and delivered properly, assuming approval for the relevant bodies in approximately the next year. City Council has also asked Administration to report back on a funding plan for the potential leisure centre.
Infrastructure Funding (MEEP)
At its meeting on June 29, 2020, when considering the Strategy on MEEP Funding Allocation report, City Council resolved that the Administration apply the strategy for MEEP funding as described in the report. The first part of this strategy provides an immediate injection into the City’s capital program for use over the next two years. The second part of this strategy allocates MEEP funding to already-funded capital projects and the original civic funding would be returned to a reallocation pool to be used to help offset potential reductions to reserves that will be required to offset the expected operating deficit as well as other capital projects. Fifteen projects were initially prioritized by Council during its June meeting. Additional information on the projects can be found here.
City Council determined the following projects would receive the remaining $12.13M funding:
|Vehicle Noise Mitigation Study
|Active Transportation – Sidewalk Expansion||3.000|
|Sidewalk Repair and Maintenance||5.000|
|1.0 to Pedestrian Accessible Curb Ramp Program|
|4.0 to Sidewalk Preservation Program|
|Public Wi-Fi Pilot – City-wide Wi-Fi for Citizens||0.250|
|Parks Asset Management Plan||1.600|
|Pedestrian and Cyclist Rail Crossing||0.500|
|West Central Multi-Use Corridor||1.400|
Mail-in Ballot Procedure
Bicycle Bylaw Update
Some highlights of the new bylaw include:
- Removed requirement for people cycling to ride as close to curb as practicable;
- Added hand signaling requirement;
- Clarified the number of passengers allowed;
- Added that a red rear reflector may be used instead of a light;
- Added allowance for children under 14 to use sidewalks;
- Removed requirement for people cycling to dismount on sidewalks; and
- In regards to motorists overtaking a person riding a bicycle, a one-meter passing rule for two-way, single-lane streets was added.
Energy Assistance Program Partnership
The program will include three components:
- Home visits that include a full walkthrough and energy coaching conducted by qualified technicians, to identify and explain behaviour changes and potential savings to residents.
- A tailored report for each participating home outlining energy savings (note these are not a full EnerGuide audit).
- Installation of energy-saving improvements such as LED lighting, water-saving measures like faucet aerators and showerheads, power bars, and programmable thermostats.